On the 1 July 2010, changes to the Dog Control Act of 2000 were proclaimed and officially became the new State laws. There were a number of amendments to the Act however the implementation of Restricted Breed Legislation is one major area that came into effect. The following dog breeds must comply with the new legislation;
- American Pit Bull or Pit Bull Terrier
- Dogo Argentino
- Fila Brasileiro
- Japanese Tosa
- Perro de Presa Canario or Presa Canario
If the dog is registered, listed or recognised as one of these breeds or types it will now be declared under the Act as a Restricted Breed dog. The owners or person in charge of a restricted breed dog must ensure that;
- the dog is desexed;
- it is implanted with an approved microchip;
- the dog is on lead and muzzled when in a public place;
- the dog wears an approved restricted breed collar at all times;
- the premises where the dog is kept displays the approved restricted breed warning signs on every entrance.
More information and frequently asked questions about Restricted Breed Legislation are available on our web site and at the Council administration offices. If you can't find an answer to your question, or require more information please contact us.